Tanzania's Mafia deepwater basin indicates potential on new seismic data

The Mafia Deep Offshore basin (MDOB) of southern Tanzania is one of several East African basins that resulted from the break-up of the Gondwana continent from the Middle Jurassic onwards (Figs. 1, 2).The basin occupies an area of some 75,000 sq km developed between the Tanzanian continental shelf edge and the Davie Fracture Zone 200 km east of the coast. The water depth ranges from approximately 500 m to a maximum of 3,300 m in the southeast of the basin. Click here to enlarge imageThe availability of a modern Western Geophysical high resolution seismic survey has allowed interpretation of the basin's geological development in far greater detail than previously. Prior to this study t...

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